Patio doors may be constructed from a broad spectrum of materials. These include glass which is the most common choice, and which may be incorporated as a solid panel or in a multitude of small panels which are set within a frame. If you reside in colder climates, you may consider having your glass double paned, insulated or specially treated such that its able to trap the heat inside your home. Alternatively, you could go for doors made from aluminum and vinyl, which tend to be cheaper options ideal for those working with a tight budget. You should however keep in mind that you get what you pay for and should therefore not expect aluminum or vinyl doors to wear as well as the glass patio doors.
Sight lines is the term used to describe the interruptions in the view through the doors; in other words, the width of the vertical opaque areas between the glass when the doors are closed. On hinged doors, such as French doors and bi folding doors, timber and pvc frames generally have broad sight lines because, unlike aluminium, narrower frames would not be strong enough to be fit for purpose. As a guide to the width of two frames together, cheaper pvc door frames can exceed 200mm, aluminium frames are typically between 135mm and 160mm and frameless patio doors sight lines are under 40mm. Depending on the width of each door and number of doors to be installed, the difference in glass to frame ratio could be significant.
Screen doors are the other option, as previously stated that can also add a rustic look to a patio. Screen doors work best for resort style homes, log cabins, and in places where the weather is generally hotter longer. A screen door is much cheaper than their metal and glass counterparts and is usually made of wood and screening. Metal screen doors will cost a little more but last longer against the elements. In choosing the correct set of patio doors for under $1000, people have a wide variety to choose from if they are willing to install them without professional help. Even so it would be hard to break the $1000 barrier unless there is a multitude of doors that need replacing. Choose the style that best fits the theme of the home and enjoy a bug free patio area for years to come.
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